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County Delegation gets first look at budget highlights

December 12, 2018
OSSIPEE — Budget and organization were on the agenda for the new Carroll County Delegation Dec. 10.

The delegation is made up of the 15 state representatives elected to serve the 18 Carroll County towns and unincorporated places.

The mid-term election in November brought a sweep across the delegation as four republicans lost their bids for re-election. The historically republican-majority board charged with setting the annual county budget now has an 8-7 democratic majority.

The election of officers Dec. 10 resulted in Edie DesMarais (D-Wolfeboro) as chair, Susan Ticehurst (D-Tamworth) as vice-chair and Lino Avellani (R-Wakefield) as clerk.

County Commissioners Amanda Bevard and David Babson joined County Administrator Ken Robichaud in presenting the proposed 2019 county budget for the public budget hearing portion. There were three members of the public present at the 9 a.m. meeting. Commissioner Mark Hounsell was absent. He was defeated in his November re-election bid. His replacement, Terry McCarthy (R-Conway) will take her oath of office in January and officially join that board. There was some discussion amongst members that some evening or weekend meetings might bring more public participation.

Robichaud offered a general overview in budget highlights. Among them are the addition of several new full-time county employee positions including a second victim witness coordinator and investigator for the county attorney's office, jail nurse, administrative assistant for the main office, second "employee relations assistant" for the nursing home and three "summer part-time high school students" to help with landscaping around the county complex.

The delegation will be asked to support a 17-year, $3 million energy contract for systems and lighting upgrades across all buildings on the complex, purchase three new cruisers for the sheriff's department, and purchase a new plow truck and skid steer for the public works department.

Overall, the 2019 proposed budget is $33,055,324, an increase of $1.3 million over 2018. The budget summary can be found on the County website at www.carrollcountynh.net. The cost of moving the County water system lines to make way for the Route 28 traffic roundabout project is not included in the proposed budget as administration does not yet have a projected cost for the project.

The delegation is slated to meet next on Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. in Ossipee to consider the approval of tax-anticipation borrowing, the Siemens energy contract, and the 2018 financial audit contract.

AJ Coleman
Varney Smith
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